RITA

I and my associates have been busy as of late.

Spent this week in the studio with Rita Indiana, whose effortless swagger is partially captured by this photo:

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Tonight we will do a mini-set at the FREE Que Bajo megaparty, accompanied by Ivory on the guira. A proper EP will be out in September on Dutty Artz, but we are so excited by this music that we made a free 2-track CD to giveaway now, thanks to my favorite Chinese-run Mexican-staffed Harlem-based CD copy shop.

Here’s the cover artwork, dutty mambo voodoo punk:

rita demo front copy

CHIEF FREQUENCIES

On Monday July 6th, Chief Boima will be joining me on the 2nd anniversary of Mudd Up radio on WFMU 91.1 fm — that means 100+ shows (and podcast versions)!!

Chief Boima – a ‘real’ African-American – pushes music forward from his Bay Area home base. I’d started hearing his DJ mixes a few years back, but it is Boima’s production — solo and along with Oro 11 of Bersa Discos as Banana Clipz — which made me sit up and pay attention.

The Chief will share influences and air some of the sounds he’s currently into, focusing on new dance music from Africa. Expect Ivorian Coupe Decale, Senegalese Mbalax, Nigerian Club, Sierra Leonean heat, and more… Mudd up!

VIERNES CULTURAL

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The Argentine pop theorist in the form of a mashup king, Villa Diamante, has just released Empacho Digital (digital bellyache), a “3-disc mashup album”. Of course it isn’t available on disc – one can only download it. He says:

This is just another one of the tireless efforts of making art out of art, with cultural industries at their height, record companies at their worst moments, and the Web functioning as the maximum tool for informational searches, the freedom of Wi-Fi is already showing its first collateral damages.

Here’s a tune from “disc 2”, Dubsteperismo, Spanish-language vocals atop wubstep.

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Villa Diamante – Doña María vs Ital Tek

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Three years before, Dutchman Dick El Demasiado was in Buenos Aires, making edits of old cumbias.

He called this song “Sabado Cultural”, although his album doesn’t mention the band he is obviously chopping up and sampling, Julieta con los Nuñez. As if they didn’t exist. Remix as reinscription, a more complete kind of erasure – but then there are always folks spotting the source samples. Identifying where the sounds came from transforms the sample from an (anonymous) point into a lineage, in process offering us a chance to listen to the old music that got folded into the new (or the new music that got folded into the new, like when Burial sampled recent songs by Christina Aguilera, David Lynch, and Beyonce).

I especially like hiphop album sample-source compilations — for example the (bootleg) collection of all the original tunes used on J Dilla’s Donuts. A unique window into musical transformation. A fascinating form of bibliography… or memory. DJs as weird historians, accidentally finding themselves in that position after years of ‘just’ looking for music. Julieta seems to have been forgotten except for “Viernes Cultural”, whose memory Dick both effaces and extends.

First, the original:

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Julieta con los Nuñez – Viernes Cultural (also called Cumbia de las Sandalias)

then Dick’s “lunatic” edit (his word not mine), renamed here

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Julieta con los Nuñez – Viernes Cultural (Dick el Demasaido remix)